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Submission + - Xbox One launch: faulty drives, scratched cases, and misplaced test discs (

An anonymous reader writes: The Xbox One launch isn't exactly going to plan. Gamers are unpacking the new console to find the Blu-ray drive is broken and won't read any discs. The casing on some units is also badly scratched, especially on the corners, and one new owner even found a confidential Microsoft test disc in the drive.

Submission + - Apple's iOS7's impact on networks all across the world (

manav416 writes: The entire Internet became slow as Apple released its iOS7. The frenzy to download the latest iOS on all Apple "i" devices clogged Internet tubes all over the world. Obviously, several internet service providers are unhappy about Apple letting the entire world download the iOS update the same day. However, its not Apple's problem, and it really is for the service providers to fix their networks.

Submission + - Al-Shabaab breaks new ground with complex Nairobi attack

Snirt writes: The Al-Shabaab assault on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is alarming for its audacity, its scale and the sophisticated planning that went into it. Both the choice of target and method of attack exactly fit the new al Qaeda playbook. Few counterterrorism experts
are surprised that the Somali group launched another attack in the Kenyan capital.

Submission + - NSA Posts Opening For 'Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer' (

cold fjord writes: The Hill reports, "The National Security Agency has posted a job opening for a privacy and civil liberties officer. The position was first mentioned last month, when President Obama outlined his plans to bring more transparency to the NSA surveillance programs. A White House press release said the agency was “taking steps to put in place a full time Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer.”" — From the NSA job posting: "The NSA Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer (CLPO) is conceived as a completely new role, combining the separate responsibilities of NSA's existing Civil Liberties and Privacy (CL/P) protection programs under a single official. The CLPO will serve as the primary advisor to the Director of NSA for ensuring that privacy is protected and civil liberties are maintained by all of NSA's missions, programs, policies and technologies. This new position is focused on the future, designed to directly enhance decision making and to ensure that CL/P protections continue to be baked into NSA's future operations, technologies, tradecraft, and policies. The NSA CLPO will consult regularly with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence CLPO, privacy and civil liberties officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, as well as other U.S. government, private sector, public advocacy groups and foreign partners. "

Submission + - Government Scooping Up Verizon Phone Records (

clm1970 writes: The National Security Agency is vacuuming up records of millions of phone calls made inside the United States, a top secret court order reveals.

A top secret order that was released this afternoon requires Verizon to hand over to the NSA "on an ongoing daily basis" information about all domestic and overseas calls — "including local telephone calls."

Submission + - Fake Mt. Gox Pages Aim to Infect Bitcoin Users

An anonymous reader writes: Mt. Gox is the the largest Bitcoin exchange in the world, and as such it and its users are being repeatedly targeted by attackers. Some two months ago, it battled a massive DDoS attack that was likely aimed at destabilizing the virtual currency and allow the criminals to profit from the swings. Now, according to Symantec researchers, the criminals have turned to spoofing Mt. Gox' site and tricking its customers into downloading malware — the Ponik downloader Trojan, which is also able to steal passwords.

Submission + - Citadel Botnet Mastermind Remains At Large Despite Massive Microsoft Disruption (

DavidGilbert99 writes: Known only as Aquabox and believed to be living in eastern Europe, the mastermind behind one of the world's largest cyber-crime rings remains at large and unidentified despite a joint effort by Microsoft and the FBI to smash the Citadel botnet. Aquabox created the Citadel software and over the past 18 months has sold it to dozens of bothereders who have gone on to steal over $500 million from financial institutions around the world.

Submission + - Is another financial collapse imminent in the United States? (

crutchy writes: Gold priced in US dollars going down, DJIA peaked and starting to fall... almost seems like 2008 all over. The cause may be different but the Fed may not be able to bail out the banks a second time, and increased Fed stimulus may drive up interest rates (already starting to rise) which would cripple the US government with interest repayments on the national debt.


Submission + - Home WiFi routers could operate as emergency network, say scientists (

An anonymous reader writes: German researchers have proposed using home Wi-Fi routers as a backup mesh network in the event that cell and phone systems in cities and towns are overwhelmed during emergencies. In a recently-published paper, researchers at the Technical University in Darmstadt in Germany describe how home routers could be linked to one another to form a huge informal backbone for use by fire, police and ambulance services. Most recent home routers can support such a system without modification as long as they allow for the creation of an open 'guest' network running in parallel to the user's secured Wi-Fi access, that is firewalled from it.

Submission + - This is why 100% anonymity claimed by VPN vendors is a lie!

Kevin1Kanode writes: Sep 2001,FBI arrested Cody Kretsinger, a core member of LulzSec for hacking into the Sony Pictures website. London based VPN provider Hide My Ass (HMA) appears to have played a vital role in Kretsinger’s arrest. It doesn’t take too much imagination to see that VPNs can also be used for outright illegal activities, copyright violations and hacking for example. All VPN providers know this and, while their terms and conditions always state that their services are not to be used for illegal activities, they derive a portion of their revenue from users who signed up for just that purpose, something all VPN providers are aware of. If a provider does not log your IP address and does not log your activity while using their system, how would they be able to investigate anything?

Submission + - Sony closes ex-Psygnosis studio (

Retron writes: Sony is to close its LIverpool studio, formerly known as Psygnosis. The studio created games such as Lemmings, Shadow of the Beast and Wipeout.

A statement posted on Kotaku said "It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed... by focusing our investment plans on other studios that are currently working on exciting new projects, we would be in a stronger position to offer the best possible content for our consumers."

Submission + - Blizzard Hacked (

An anonymous reader writes: Blizzard just recently got hacked and advised players to change their passwords. Blizzard did do apologize is truly sorry for the incident. Blizzard are currently working with the law enforcement and security experts to investigate what happened.

Submission + - First Independence Day Celebration Rare Pictures (

An anonymous reader writes: August 15, 1947 was a day when India returned the long-awaited freedom, the British left India and the atmosphere is permeated with happiness all over...

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